Man arrested for a 1.5 million scam

Friday, January 9, 2009
Issue 580, Page 4
Word count: 236
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

A man who allegedly cheated a mainlander out of 1.5 million patacas last month was arrested by the Judiciary Police (PJ) yesterday.

According to the police spokesman, a local resident’s relative in the mainland wanted to remit money to Macau to purchase a property in mid December last year.

As police said the resident did not have a bank account of her own, thus she asked one of her friends, who was also a Macau resident, for help.

The mainlander had successfully done a remittance to Macau using the same method before, police added.

Later the mainlander transferred 1.5 million patacas to the designated account, while the account holder could get a “reward” of 12,000 patacas from the mainlander.

A few days later, the woman resident called her friend to ask whether he had received the money, but he said the remittance was still in process.

Since then police said the man could no longer be reached and his phone was switched off.

The PJ apprehended the 32-year-old suspect, surnamed Iun, yesterday when he came to the police station due to another case in which he was involved.

The 32-year-old had a history of fraud in 2001.

Police said the suspect denied the accusation but was still sent to the Public Prosecutions Office according to the evidence they had.

Without the cooperation of the suspect, police did not yet know the whereabouts of the lump sum.

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